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At the Movies with Mara

16 May

Here’s the newest and best site for movie reviews. It’s www.maramovies.com

Yes, this is the source for everything cinema. Why? Because, it’s written by Mara Reinstein, the former movie critic at Us Weekly. She’s talented, witty and spot-on brilliant when it comes to movies and pop culture.

Catch all of her summer previews now on her site.

Pass the popcorn, please.

 

 

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Visit the “D”

12 May

 

Detroit is a hot destination! This New York Times article, 36 Hours  mentions some great spots, but only highlights some of the restaurants. All the new Detroit restaurants are making it quite the foodie capital. Come visit my hometown! Click here for the original story.

 Photo : Kevin Miyazaki

 

 

View the Glass Half-Full

5 Apr

I always enjoy writer Jane Brody of the New York Times. Her recent column “Turning Negative Thinkers into Positive Ones,” provides food for thought. It’s scientifically proven that positive thoughts can help with physical stress, depression and overall health. There are even some tips she garnered from the experts she quotes in the article. The tips are below, and here is the link for the entire article.

Do good things for other people. In addition to making others happier, this enhances your own positive feelings. It can be something as simple as helping someone carry heavy packages or providing directions for a stranger.

Appreciate the world around you. It could be a bird, a tree, a beautiful sunrise or sunset or even an article of clothing someone is wearing. I met a man recently who was reveling in the architectural details of the 19th-century houses in my neighborhood.

Develop and bolster relationships. Building strong social connections with friends or family members enhances feelings of self-worth and, long-term studies have shown, is associated with better health and a longer life.

Establish goals that can be accomplished. Perhaps you want to improve your tennis or read more books. But be realistic; a goal that is impractical or too challenging can create unnecessary stress.

Learn something new. It can be a sport, a language, an instrument or a game that instills a sense of achievement, self-confidence and resilience. But here, too, be realistic about how long this may take and be sure you have the time needed.

Choose to accept yourself, flaws and all. Rather than imperfections and failures, focus on your positive attributes and achievements. The loveliest people I know have none of the external features of loveliness but shine with the internal beauty of caring, compassion and consideration of others.

Illustration by Paul Rogers

Crazy Moms. . .

31 Mar

Do you have a crazy Mom? Kate Siegel does, and she wrote a book  Mother Can you NOT? 

Siegel created an Instagram account Crazy Jewish Mom, because her mom would text her nonstop about everything from her expiring fertility to sex to prospective husbands. Her mom even stalked the Princeton admissions representative. But, it’s working. . .Siegel graduated from Princeton and the mother/daughter duo is on the road promoting the book.

Siegel, a social media guru, is working on another book, and there is a possibility of a TV show. They are both talented and funny. That Crazy Jewish Mom, Kim Friedman is a trailblazer in Hollywood. She’s a TV and movie producer and director who began directing in the late 70s.

I had the opportunity to meet author Kate Siegel and her “crazy mom,” Kim Friedman. We bonded at the Blue Martini restaurant in West Palm Beach as part of the JCC Book Festival. In the photo top left, I’m between Kim Freidman and Kate Siegel. The bottom photo are my friends enjoying the Girls Night Out.

Seigel describes her mom as the ultimate helicopter mom.  Friedman describes herself as a drone mom. Hilarious.

Liz Murray’s Inspirational Story: Homeless to Harvard

20 Jan

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I recently had the opportunity to hear Liz Murray at the National Council of Jewish Women Palm Beach Section luncheon. Murray has a compelling story. As the child of drug addicted parents , she was living on the streets as a teenager. When her mom died, she realized she needed to make a change and take charge of her life. She tried to enroll in many high schools and found an alternative school with a mentor.  She finished high school and with the encouragement of her mentor applied and was accepted to Harvard.   But, Murray had a secret — she was homeless. After winning a New York Times scholarship, her homelessness was revealed and her story became known.

Her journey was made into a Lifetime TV movie, and she is the author of the best selling book Breaking Night.

Murray spoke without notes and told her riveting story to more than 400 one afternoon with a standing ovation.

She asked the question “What does it take to make a difference in one person’s life?”

For Murray’s triumph over adversity is was a mentor.  And for you?

Positive Thoughts for 2017

2 Jan

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Here’s an interesting way to ring in the New Year with paper cranes. Write down or reflect upon your unpleasant thoughts from 2016  that you want to release. Then contemplate your positive intentions and good thoughts for 2017. As a symbolic and therapeutic gesture, toss them into a fire. While you’re at it, make a toast with a glass of champagne. Of course, combine it with a warm evening on the beach and the serenity of the ocean.

Thanks to the Juno Beach Civic Association and the ingenuity of therapist Jennifer Behnke (above), many Juno Beach residents participated in this experience and are energized for 2017.

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For 2017, may we all have health, happiness and peace!

 

(Floral arrangement from Juno Beach Florist)

Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

19 Oct

October is breast cancer awareness month. Kelly Donlin of sparkles and shoes compiled a lovely collection of pink items to purchase where the vendor donates some of the profits to breast cancer research.

Here are Kelly’s pink picks:

“I can not make it through an October without a post about Breast Cancer Awareness and all of the great ways you can give back!”

Sparkles and Shoes Think Pink Shopping October 2016

1 | S’well Bottle in Bikini Pink $35   (20 percent of every purchase will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

2 | Pink Grace Bouquet $55  (15 percent of the purchase price from each sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

3 | Drybar pink mini Detox Dry Shampoo $13   ($1 from every sale of their  to City of Hope, a leading treatment and research center for cancer and other life-threatening diseases)

4 |  Amelia Rose Design Earrings, $69 (50 percent of all sales will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.)

5  | ghd Vintage Pink Styler Set $225  ($5 from the purchase price will be donated to Look Good Feel Better.)

6 | C.O. Bigelow Freesia Candle  $42 (10 percent of all sales of their Freesia Candle to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

7 | Eos Lip Balm Duo, $6.59 ( 100 percent of the net profits are going toward breast cancer research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

9 | Keep Collective Double Leather Band Set $39  (100 percent of net profits will go to Bright Pink)

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Terrific Twilio

13 Oct

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As the the former president of the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce in Michigan, I was excited to see a hometown boy on the cover of  Forbes magazine. Jeff Lawson graces the cover as the CEO of Twilio. Twilio adds messaging, video and communications to web and mobile applications.  As you can see, it’s touted as the “The World’s Sexiest Stock.” Some of the companies that utilize Twilio are Uber, Match and Airbnb.

Jeff grew up around the block from me. Although I do not know Jeff personally, I know his parents. The fascinating article describes Jeff  as down-to-earth and humble. It also describes his entrepreneurial spirit and his emotional intelligence in the business world– perfect for a motownsavvy post!

(P.S. Back to fashion, next post.)

 

 

ArtPrize Friends

28 Sep

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Every fall the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan transforms into an art paradise for artists and art lovers. It’s all because of ArtPrize — an open competition for artists to submit their work and have the opportunity to win more than $500,000 worth of prizes. Artists’ works are displayed throughout the city, and the venues are open to the public for free.  The artists connect through the official ArtPrize website.

Here is the mission statement: “ArtPrize is an international art competition and festival open to all and determined equally by public vote and expert jury. ArtPrize encourages critical discourse, celebrates artists, transforms urban space and promotes cultural understanding.”

This is the eighth year, and I’m proud to announce that two of my friends are part of the 2016 ArtPrize competition.

Janet Kelman’s glass sculptures are spectacular and the piece “Oracle” (above) is no exception. The aqua hues are breath taking.

Photographer Gene Meadows does not disappoint with his edgy work “de-con-struct,” which is below. Although I also like his traditional photos of home interiors along with his beautiful series of Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The Detroit Free Press included Janet and Gene in an article highlighting metro Detroit artists at ArtPrize.

 

 

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Sweet Treats for a Cause

13 Sep

 

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Here’s a recipe for success — Take eight creative women, mix in a artist’s home and a great cause for a winning event all to benefit the Detroit Jewish Hospice.

The women are jewelry and accessory designers. To sweeten the event, Stacie Berman, pastry artist, of SloMo Cakes and Cookies will be there.

The artists include: Olga Babushkina, Stacie Berman, Carol Ellis, Linda Golden, Arlene Lullove, Diane Mondry, Laurie Winston and Terrie Voight.

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The event is this Sunday, Sept. 18 at the home of Linda Golden. For more information, call 248-592-2687 or blaker@jewishhospice.org

Photos include pastries by Stacie Berman and necklace by Linda Golden.

 

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